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Heroin addict jailed after burgling his parents

 Published on: 20th July 2018   |   By: Tom Dyson   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Leavesden man who burgled his own parents was yesterday (Thursday) jailed for a total of 26 months at St Albans Crown Court last month.

Heroin addict Richard Powell, 33, had been asking them for money, which he said he needed to get to court where he faced other charges.

When they refused, Powell used tools from the garden shed to break in while his father was sleeping.

Prosecutor Simon Wilshire said: “His father woke up to be confronted by his son, who said: ‘Give me some money. I need some more money.’

“The father lost his patience and told him to leave in no uncertain terms.

“When he got up he realised £40 had been taken from jeans, £10 had been left.”

Powell, of Hill Farm Avenue, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to burgling his parents’ home, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance, thefts and fraud by false representation. He had 25 convictions for 82 offences beginning in 2002.

Mr Wilshire said that the burglary took place on April 3 when Powell was due in court.

On August 31 Powell, who was banned and had no insurance, was spotted by the police driving in Sheepcot Lane in Leavesden, near the junction with High Road. He did not stop for the officers, drove on the wrong side of the road before turning into a garage area where he caused a “slight scuffing” to the police car as he got away. Powell was arrested the same day.

He stole a £600 push bike from outside a supermarket on November 8. It was returned to its owner after he saw it for sale in Cash Converters.

Then, in January, he selected a £197 UPVC door from B and Q and took it back to the store, obtaining a credit note. He also stole a Cook and Lewis Oven and a second UPVC door from B and Q and also fraudulently obtained a £19 credit note from ASDA.

Powell was arrested on April 9 and remanded in custody.

Andrew Kerry, defending, said: “Over the last few years he has had a very serious heroin drug addiction. This is a young man who needs assistance. He has been clean for the past three and a half months in Bedford jail. He desperately wants to get off the drugs.”

Mr Kerry said Powell’s parents had written to his solicitors saying they did not want him prosecuted for the burglary.

Jailing him, Judge Philip Grey said: “You have a very poor record and have shown an utter disregard for law. You have received every type of court penalty. The frequency of your offending since 2012 is appalling.”

The judge told him his offending was “brazen and out of control.”

In addition to the jail term, he banned him from driving for 37 months.

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